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Town of Westlake, Westlake Academy IB World School

Approaches to Learning in MYP

Approaches to Learning is implemented into every subject in the MYP. This helps with the acquisition of study skills and the fostering of the learning process. This includes:
  • organization of work
  • handing work in on time
  • presentation
  • ability to discuss
  • ability to prove results
  • ability to communicate in all forms (this could take the form of debates, presentations, interviews etc.)
  • ability to work as a team as well as individually
Students study subjects from each of the eight subject groups through the five areas of interaction: approaches to learning, community and service, human ingenuity, environments, and health and social education.

The five areas of interaction are:
  • approaches to learning

  • community and service

  • human ingenuity

  • environments

  • health and social education
Approaches to learning (ATL)

Through ATL teachers provide students with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning, thereby developing an awareness of how they learn best, of thought processes and of learning strategies.

Community and service

This component requires students to take an active part in the communities in which they live, thereby encouraging responsible citizenship.

Human ingenuity

Students explore in multiple ways the processes and products of human creativity, thus learning to appreciate and develop in themselves the human capacity to influence, transform, enjoy and improve the quality of life.


This area aims to develop students’ awareness of their interdependence with the environment so that they understand and accept their responsibilities.

Health and social education

This area deals with physical, social and emotional health and intelligence-key aspects of development leading to complete and healthy lives.